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Gleyber Torres New York Yankees

Did you see his interview on Fox after Game 1 tonight?  What an impressive young man!    I'm a fan!   Probably the first time I've liked a Yankee since Mantle :-)

Howard Lynch LynchMob
Hansel Robles Los Angeles Angels

$16 freeze.

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Eduardo Rodriguez Boston Red Sox

I had this guy on my Doubt Mixed team and had the impression he had a bad first half and strong second half, and in fact he had a 4.65 ERA in the first and 2.95 in the second.

Other than that there's not a dime's worth of difference in his splits.

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Hansel Robles Los Angeles Angels

Where's Kirby?

Howard Lynch LynchMob

The XFL draft was held yesterday in Phoenix between afternoon and night games in the AFL. Here are the prices for closers in this 5x5 mixie in which all 15 teams froze 15 players (including an average of about four farm players per team):

Roberto Osuna 19

Aroldis Chapman 18

Brad Hand 18

Raisel Iglesias 16

Edwin Diaz 15

Kenley Jansen 15

Carlos Marinez 11

Craig Kimbrel 10

Brandon Workman 10

Ian Kennedy 8

Jose Leclerc 8

Sean Doolittle 6

Hector Neris 5

Hansel Robles 4

Emilio Pagan 1

Joe Jimenez 1

When they aren't working on their tans, perhaps Peter, Mike and Tim will provide eye-witness accounts.

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Anibal Sanchez Washington Nationals

In 2013 he walked 6, struck out 12 and allowed no hits in 6 innings against the Red Sox. Last night it was all about surgical precision.

Anibal Sanchez Trivia Corner

Anibal Sanchez is now the first pitcher in MLB postseason history to record multiple games of at least 6 IP and allowing 1 hit or less. In addition to last night's great start, he also pitched 6 innings and allowed no hits in Game 1 of the 2013 ALCS. See the list of at least 6 IP, 1 hit or less games in postseason history at Baseball-Reference.com's Pitching Game Finder.

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Clayton Richard Toronto Blue Jays
Howard Lynch LynchMob
Nick Anderson Miami Marlins

There was really only one Game Score yesterday (Im pretty sure Bill didn't expect relievers to be counted when he decreed 50 as the score the pitcher has before he throws a pitch) but I don't quarrel with this list as a way of ranking everyone who did pitch. Another way of saying it: per pitch, Anderson was as nasty as Cole.

Yesterday's Top Performers

Pitchers:

Gerrit Cole* (HOU): 8.0 IP, 1 ER, 2 H, 10 K, 2 BB, 82 GmSc

Nick Anderson (TBR): 1.1 IP, 0 ER, 0 H, 2 K, 0 BB, 56 GmSc

Blake Snell (TBR): 1.1 IP, 0 ER, 0 H, 1 K, 0 BB, 55 GmSc

* - pictured above

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Tyler Glasnow Tampa Bay Rays

Michael Philps has the key question and I don't think Plouffe adequately answers.

https://twitter.com/trevorplouffe/status/1182437976762044416?ref_src=twsrc%5Egoogle%7Ctwcamp%5Eserp%7Ctwgr%5Etweet

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Pete Alonso New York Mets

Conclusion of Jeff Wiser's piece on July 15 at Baseball Prospectus:

Back in the stone age of the first half of the 2014 season, there was one home run hit for every 42.9 plate appearances. That number has jumped to one long ball for every 27.9 plate appearances this season. That’s a dramatic increase of about 53 percent. Singles are down about 10 percent, doubles are effectively stable, triples have decreased by 16 percent, and home runs are up big.

Calling the changes to today’s game a “power surge” is technically incorrect. It’s a home run surge, but other types of power output are either down or unchanged. The benefits of juiced baseballs have been extremely lopsided. If teams want to play for the home run, it’s hard to blame them. From an observational perspective, that’s meant fewer singles, fewer triples, and no additional two-baggers. Is that better or worse for watching baseball? That’s open to interpretation, but don’t call it a “power surge.” It’s a home run surge.

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Max Muncy Los Angeles Dodgers

My question: Why don't the players, especially the pitchers, talk about this?

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The key paragraphs:

MLB’s home run rate has fluctuated wildly in the last four seasons, driven primarily by a baseball that has varied between extremes of air resistance. As the aerodynamic drag on the baseball decreases, balls hit with the same exit velocity travel further, turning deep fly outs into dingers. 

In 2017, I came up with a way to measure the air resistance of the baseball using data from MLB’s pitch tracking system. By measuring the loss in speed of a pitch from when it leaves the pitcher’s hand to when it crosses the plate, it’s possible to ascertain how much drag acted on the baseball. This data showed conclusively that the baseball created the current home run era. MLB later acceded to this fact thanks to the work of a commission of scientists and statisticians who confirmed some of these findings.

One week into this year, I wrote that we were headed for some of the lowest air resistance and highest home run rates to date. The season certainly obliged, churning out a record-breaking home run total that shattered 2017’s prior highs. Air resistance was mostly consistent over the course of the season, remaining at a level just below 2017. 

Until October. In the last week’s worth of Division Series games, the drag coefficient spiked to a high it hadn’t regularly sat at since 2016. October days only contain a fraction of the games of a typical regular season night, but we’re still dealing with a sample of more than 800 fastballs to measure drag with. The probability that a random selection of games from the rest of the regular season would feature as much air resistance as we’ve seen so far in the postseason is about one in one thousand. This was an abrupt spike, as well: It’s the largest change in drag coefficient from week to week this season, by a factor of three. 

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It begins:

On Monday, in game four of the NLDS, Max Muncy stepped up to bat against Nationals closer Sean Doolittle. On the fourth pitch, Doolittle left a 94 mile per hour fastball hanging over the center of the strike zone, and Muncy took a monstrous cut. The ball left the bat at 107 miles per hour on a 32 degree angle relative to the ground: a perfect home run trajectory. “That ball was absolutely crushed,” exclaimed Ernie Johnson after the play.

Then something unexpected happened. In a season with more than 6700 dingers, when a less air resistant ball has combined with stronger hitters to produce the highest home run rate in history, this fly ball wafted back to the warning track and fell into Michael Taylor’s glove. Muncy looked up to the sky, smiled, and shook his head.

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Sadly, sharing the BP link below does not get us free riders over the paywall...

Bob Elam Bob-in-TX

Three balls last night that I thought were going out, and so did the batters who hit them:

Meadows in the third

Correa in the fourth

Gurriel in the eighth

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Alex Bregman Houston Astros

Describing Gerrit Cole: "He's got every pitch in every quadrant."

That's the perspective from third base. From home plate:  “That pitching staff the Rays have, that ball looks tiny and it’s coming in hot and it is moving everywhere.’’

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Gerrit Cole Houston Astros

In his last 24 starts he's 18-0.

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Howie Kendrick Washington Nationals

Casey Kotchman, Brandon Wood, and Howie Kendrick.  What a system the Angels had back then.

Eugene Freedman EugeneFreed
Gabe Kapler Philadelphia Phillies

The nerds take a big L.
Harper gets another manager fired.
Glad I'm not a Phillies fan.
Let's see what other rude takes I can manage on the news.

Kent Ostby Seadogs
Max Muncy Los Angeles Dodgers

Can pitchers feel the difference in the seams, by the way? Why don't they talk about it?

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